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How to Know the Condition of My Flute

How To Know The Condition of Your Flute

I teach a lot of flute lessons, and I have seen many flutes in my days. The truth is that the condition of your flute matters. I know that when a flute is in proper condition it plays beautifully.  And, I know first-hand that the opposite (improper condition) means that your flute will hamper your ability to play well or at all. …when a flute is in proper condition it plays beautifully   Here are …

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How to Clean a Flute

How to Clean a Flute

Flutes are unlike other instruments. Most of them are silver plated and require a level of care you may not have considered before. Let’s explore the inside and out of how to clean a flute. The Inside The inside of your flute starts out dry and cold, but then once you begin blowing your warm breath into the head joint and barrel, a phenomenon I like to call “rain” happens. Cold metal mixed with warm …

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What does a flute overhaul include

What Does a Flute Overhaul Include?

How do you know if a flute just needs a quick fix or if the entire flute needs extensive repair work? What does a flute overhaul include? It require professional maintenance and care for flutes to play in tip-top shape. Even if the flute isn’t being played often it will require some visits to a technician for adjustment periodically. The Body First of all, a technician will check the body of the flute will for …

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How to Take Care of My Flute

How to Take Care of My Flute

So, you’re brand new to playing in the flute (yay!) and you need to know how to take proper care of this beautiful new instrument that you’ve acquired. So here are a few important tips for taking care of your flute. The first important tip to know for taking care of your flute, is the proper handling of your flute. You want to make sure that you are always very gentle with your flute.   …

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How Often Should My Flute See a Technician

How Often Should My Flute See a Technician?

Flutes are a very intricate instrument, and their ability to play precisely is very dependent on two things; the operator and the instrument itself. It’s important to keep the flute in prime condition so that the operator can focus on their abilities and not be hampered by mechanical issues. This may make us wonder how often should your flute see a technician. Your flute should be seen a couple of times per year.   The …

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Scratches on My Flute

Scratches On My Flute

“Where do those tiny little scratches on my flute come from? My flute is pretty new, and I didn’t notice them before at all.” Oh boy. This is a common theme amongst flutists who have received a nice, shiny new flute. They just feel so badly when they notice that it has lots of fine little lines and scratches all over it. So how does this happen? Keeping our flute in really good condition takes …

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How to align your flute

How To Align Your Flute

Learning how to align your flute is very important when going to play. It has an effect on your sound, position, tone, fingering, etc. In this article, we’ll explore how to align your flute. It’s one of the first, best things you can learn. Lining up the head joint is important. Trying to sound good and play in tune is tricky! How can we align our flute pieces so we have the best chance at …

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How to Keep Your Flute From Turning Brown with Tarnish

How to Keep Your Flute from Turning Brown with Tarnish

When you first set sight on your new flute it was shiny shiny shiny, wasn’t it?  Take a look at it now.  What happened? It’s okay.  No panic.  I’ll help you. Leaving it out in the air causes a big problem for the silver.   First, put your flute away in its case each and every single day (including night time).  I understand that you may like to keep it out so that you can …

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Do Not Clean Your Flute Pads with a Dollar Bill

Do NOT Clean Your Flute Pads With a Dollar Bill

  I have heard so many interesting flute maintenance over the years, but this one keeps recurring. I think it’s high-time I help the world put a stop to spreading this “poor” flute cleaning information. Do NOT clean your flute pads with a dollar bill! Band teachers in certain areas seem to think that a dirty old dollar bill is the best thing to clean a sticky pad with. Um.  Does this seem strange to …

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